Jem Funk, Interior & Lighting Designer with Premier Lighting, is back talking with Nancy about what interior design ideas are in and out for 2021.  Jem and Nancy share their honest opinions with you on trends and fads. Enjoy their light-hearted chat and take notes.  You won’t want to miss this one.

OUT FOR 2021

Shiplap is one of the fastest fading trends

  • Once used to waterproof boats, shiplap siding became a trendy way to decorate interior walls in the 2010s. 
  • “Shiplap appears in nearly every TV home-makeover show
  • texture walls with tile, plaster, rattan or wood

Gray kitchen interiors may become less popular

  • The all-gray look is going out of style. 
  • Gray kitchen interiors can look cold and lack distinction
  • Bolder colors gaining popularity. 
  • Indigo blue  & green may be a particularly trendy kitchen color in 2021.

All-white interiors may start to date themselves

  • The age of minimalistic, all-white interiors coming to an end. 
  • People will return to creating visual interest through color

The Mid-century modern furniture trend may finally be over

  • Mid-century modern designs were popular in the 1950s and 1960s,
  • May finally be fading away. 
  • We’re shifting away from the ‘Mad Men’ look 

Barn doors could be replaced by other types of statement entryways

  • Barn-door trend was influenced by home-makeover shows. 
  • The trend for barn doors, often painted in drab brown, will be replaced by pocket doors or classic French doors.

Accent walls likely won’t be as trendy in 2021

  • Accent walls can add a pop of color to a room, but they can also be distracting. 
  • An accent wall is one that’s painted or wallpapered differently than the others in a room. 
  • Monochromatic walls that blend seamlessly with the decor will be popular.

Matching furniture sets may start to look dated

  • Identical furniture and matching sets don’t showcase personal style. 
  • Select nonmatching pieces with complementary colors or designs.
  • Having everything match doesn’t allow people to let their personal style shine through.

What’s in for 2021

Granny Chic becoming more popular

  • Floral wallpapers are considered granny chic.
  • The “grandmillennial” trend is a modern revival of homey design elements that you might find in your grandparents’ home. 
  • The style is meant to evoke comfort, nostalgia, and tradition. 
  • Think floral wallpaper, antique paintings, delicate china, crocheted throws, and vintage touches with whimsical flair. 

Peel-and-stick wallpaper will be trendy in 2021

  • Wallpaper is having a bit of a resurgence right now. 
  • Self-adhesive, removable wallpaper is gaining popularity with people who rent or are looking for a low-commitment way to upgrade their living space. 

Green cabinets could be one of the biggest kitchen trends of 2021 

  • Green is a mix of blue and yellow colors & will work with both cool color palettes and warm, cozier kitchen designs.
  • Pairing green cabinets with Carrara-marble counters can help highlight the gray veining in the stone.

Industrial styling may be the next big trend in 2021

  • Industrial interior style incorporates elements such as exposed stonework, high ceilings, wood and metal elements, and neutral colors. 
  • Rising trend as people continue to spend more time at home.
  • Industrial style has a mix of modern and traditional design 
  • Works for interiors that have to serve as places to live, work, and play.  

Plaster walls may make a comeback

  • Plaster is more difficult to install than drywall, and more expensive but the effect is nice.
  • Before the invention of drywall, interior walls were often created by layering plaster over wooden strips called laths. 
  • Drywall is quicker to install and provides a more uniform surface, but the depth and texture of plaster is making a comeback.

Wicker and rattan furniture will likely be trending

  • Natural-looking furniture is coming back in style. 
  • woven furniture styles will be popular.
  • Rattan and wicker details.


  • the most important trend of 2021 in design calls for just to ignore these very trends,
  • to personalize the space and adjust the interior primarily for yourself.

We’ve said this before – it’s your home, your space, your lifestyle and your budget.  Chose wisely!


2021 interior-design trends: What's going out and what will be popular - Insider

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Dec 16, 2020

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